In complete control of our software-defined data centre

working in COVID-19 era with our data centre

Every aspect of our lives has been affected by conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many key players in the business landscape, working hard to maintain essential services. Preserving critical supply chains has been a challenge for many Managed Service Providers (MSPs), yet for Blue Chip there’s no issue. We have a Software-Defined Data Centre (SDDC) at the heart of our cloud service and complete ownership over our supply chain.

Control of our data centre

Our Software-Defined Data Centre enables us to have full control over our whole estate, which has come in pretty handy considering these unprecedented times. We don’t just have control over our customers’ infrastructure, we also fully own our data centres.

Some organisations have had projects postponed due to third-party data centres not being accessible for one reason or another. This can cause businesses to lose money, data, and a lot of time they will never get back.

Our full ownership over the infrastructure and even the ground it sits on, makes day-to-day working easy. It allows us to carry out projects and maintenance on customer kit with no delays. We own the data centre, we directly employ the engineers and the security staff. We have control over the whole supply chain, reducing risk for all clients. You’re only as strong as your weakest link.

I spoke to Chris Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing at Blue Chip, and he had this to say about why being software-defined benefits our customers:

“It wasn’t designed for this scenario, but it is certainly helping us! We can continue delivering projects during the lockdown and we delivered a complex one over Easter, while we were doing that, we were also running and supporting BAU for all our other customers already in our cloud and data centre.”

Ahead of the curve

“Blue Chip invested and created its data centre from the ground up, around a decade ago, but investment didn’t stop there. Blue Chip saw the huge potential in having a data centre that doesn’t need a physical presence on-site to deliver new clients into it and we are now reaping the rewards because of it. We were able to deliver a project over Easter, which involved the migration of a large IBM estate into Blue Chip Cloud.”

In the words of our Chief Information Security Officer, Tim Stringer, “Cloud projects don’t have to stop because of the lockdown.”

For this customer, a financial institution held in high regard, our expertise and experience meant their move into the Blue Chip Cloud took place without a hitch. All achieved within safe parameters during the UK lockdown with no additional risk to their staff or business.

Control over the cloud

The agility of Blue Chip Cloud enables organisations to have environments set up in as little as 48 hours. This applies not just to test, but also production environments. Understandably, this flexible advantage has been essential in keeping businesses going, with virtually no disruption. As many companies are finding restrictions and limits around their IT estate, Blue Chip have found that they are a true business enabler.

Blue Chip Cloud is a fully rounded service. It offers flexibility in terms of scaling up or down, a fully managed operating system, and hardware and software replication. Blue Chip is renowned for migrating large workloads into their IBM Power Cloud, as they are easily tackled through the highly agile POWER8 and POWER9 IBM systems at the heart of this service.

Whether your priority is minimising costs, meeting compliance demands, or preparing for the future of your business, Blue Chip Cloud is the best choice to advance your IT.

If you are eager to move to a cloud environment in these unprecedented times, Blue Chip will be there to help you every step of the way. Not only do we have the technology to build custom-fit cloud environments while working remotely, but the knowledge and expertise our engineers and technical staff have is unrivalled in the UK.

Call us today for help and support, either online or via phone on 01234 224400.


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